CarePlus Health Plans Teams with Sharecare to Offer Members Digital Wellness and Rewards Platform

CarePlus Health Plans Teams with Sharecare to Offer Members Digital Wellness and Rewards Platform

It’s part of the company’s mission to equip its Medicare Advantage members with easy-to-use tools and resources to manage their health and live healthier lives

CarePlus Health Plans, Inc., Florida’s largest* Medicare Advantage plan rated 5 out of 5 stars for 2021, and Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, are collaborating to make it easier for CarePlus Medicare Advantage members across Florida to take an active role in improving their health.

“We’re thrilled to team with Sharecare to inspire our members to live their healthiest lives possible, no matter where they are on their health journey,” said Bruno Piquin, CarePlus Health Plans President. “Access to Sharecare will help our members more easily manage their health and well-being in one place, track their progress, and get rewarded along the way.”

Sharecare’s digital health experience, which includes an easy-to-use mobile app, enables CarePlus members to go from assessment to action. The digital experience starts with the RealAge® test, Sharecare’s clinically validated health risk assessment that shows members the true age of their bodies. It then provides personalized action plans to guide and educate members on health factors that may impact longevity and real-time tracking of daily health goals.

All CarePlus Medicare Advantage plans now offer access to Sharecare. CarePlus members can also use Sharecare to track and redeem CarePlus Rewards for completing certain healthy activities. The CarePlus Rewards program is offered to members free of charge.

“There is an opportunity to leverage the power of personal technology to help Medicare beneficiaries gain better access to care and increase utilization of the critical resources available to them,” said Pam Shipley, Chief Operating Officer at Sharecare. “At Sharecare, we are fiercely committed to bringing much needed scalable innovation to health care, and we are excited to partner with CarePlus by empowering their members to take control of their personal health and well-being, right in the palm of their hand.”

What to expect when your newborn needs special care

CarePlus Health Plans Teams with Sharecare to Offer Members Digital Wellness and Rewards Platform
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(Family Features) If you have a baby who is born too early or has serious health problems, he or she may be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a hospital unit that provides around-the-clock specialized care to newborns.

The NICU can be an overwhelming place with lots of machines, hospital staff and medical terms. If you or someone close to you is pregnant, understanding what to expect if a NICU stay is required can help you focus less on the surroundings and uncertainty and more on taking care of the new baby and yourself.

Learn the ins and outs of the NICU with information from March of Dimes, the nation’s leading nonprofit that advocates for the health of all moms and babies, which partners with hospitals across the country through its NICU Family Support® program to provide in-person and online support for families with babies in the NICU.

Common NICU Conditions

Babies born too early and other sick newborns may face a variety of medical issues. Among common causes for a NICU stay may include preterm birth, complications during labor and delivery, birth defects, genetic conditions or other illnesses.

Tests to Expect in the NICU

Your baby may have tests and monitoring done in the NICU to determine health conditions and treatments for him or her to grow and be healthy. Some tests, like blood tests, are common. Others are just for babies with certain health conditions. Depending on his or her condition, your baby might need scans or imaging to find out what’s happening, like a CT scan, echocardiogram, MRI, ultrasound or X-ray. You can also expect various screenings for vision and hearing, and monitoring for things like weight changes and urine tests, which can tell health care providers about your baby’s overall condition.

Coping with Stress in the NICU

When your baby is in the NICU, it may be hard to think about taking care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself can help you stay well and have more energy to spend time with your baby.

  • Stick to a daily routine. Every day, take a shower, eat regular meals, drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep. As part of your routine, decide when you want to be with your baby in the NICU. Schedule breaks from the NICU. It’s OK to make time for yourself and the rest of your family.
  • Follow COVID-19 protocols while connecting with other NICU families at NICU classes, in the family lounge or in the NICU hallways. They may understand what you’re experiencing and be able to offer guidance. You can find a supportive online environment that provides advice and resources, and allows you to connect with communities of other NICU families that have had similar experiences, at marchofdimes.org/online-communities.aspx.
  • You may experience many emotions when your baby’s in the NICU. Talking to a counselor may help you sort through your feelings. This may be someone from the NICU staff, a social worker or your religious or spiritual leader. Sometimes it’s helpful to talk to someone trained to help you work through stress and navigate challenges like going back to work, the baby blues or postpartum depression.

Paying for Your Baby’s NICU Stay

Health insurance helps pay for medical care. You may get health insurance from your employer, from the government or buy it on your own. If your insurance doesn’t cover all the health care costs for your baby, ask the NICU social worker or case manager about your options. A social worker can assist you with finding resources and services to help care for your baby. You can also meet with the hospital’s finance department about setting up a payment plan. A case manager may also oversee a baby’s discharge from the hospital and help set up home care services and supplies, if needed.

Learn more about the NICU and find articles and resources for your family at marchofdimes.org/NICU.

Answers at Your Fingertips

Having a newborn in the NICU can be overwhelming. You’re likely to have lots of questions and need access to tools that help you through the NICU stay. You can learn about NICU staff, policies, equipment and terminology on your own schedule with the March of Dimes My NICU Baby App, which provide answers, tools and support so you can focus on your baby during what is often a difficult time.

The app (available for iOS and Android devices) was developed to help parents cope with a baby’s early birth, complications like birth defects and other issues that may lead to a NICU stay. It includes features like tracking breastfeeding sessions, breast pumping and kangaroo care time, taking photos and connecting with other families with similar experiences.

Life After the NICU

It can be hard to get used to being at home with your baby after a stay in the NICU. These tips can help you adjust to life at home with your baby:

  • When you have questions about your baby or your baby’s care, call your child’s pediatrician.
  • Take your baby to all his or her well-child visits. These are medical checkups where your baby’s health care provider checks his or her health and development to make sure things are going well.
  • Ask family members, friends and neighbors for help at home. Tell them exactly what you need them to do. For example, tell them if you need help with the laundry, running errands or taking care of your other children.
  • Take extra steps to keep your baby healthy while he or she is building an immune system, especially during cold and flu season. Limit the number of visitors and only welcome those who are healthy. Ask visitors to wash their hands before touching the baby. Do not allow smoking near your child.
CarePlus Health Plans Teams with Sharecare to Offer Members Digital Wellness and Rewards Platform

Pulse Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLSE), a novel bioelectric medicine company progressing Nano-Pulse Stimulation™ (NPS™) technology, today announced that the first CellFX® procedures in the European Union were successfully completed. The initial commercial use of the non-thermal, cellular-focused CellFX System to clear common benign lesions, now expands the Company’s controlled launch program starting with the top aesthetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons across Europe. This strategic rollout in Europe will run in parallel with the Company’s U.S. controlled launch aimed at building a strong foundation of clinical and commercial advocacy as the Company grows a promising global business.

As the first-of-its-kind multi-application platform powered by NPS technology delivering nano-second pulses of electrical energy to non-thermally clear cells while protecting adjacent non-cellular healthy tissue, the CellFX System ushers in a new chapter in dermatology procedures addressing everyday skin lesions.

“I am delighted to be the first aesthetic skin specialist to perform the CellFX procedure in Europe. We see a huge number of patients who are burdened by troublesome skin lesions, such as sebaceous hyperplasia, seborrheic keratoses, and non-genital warts, that can affect them at home, work and socially,” said Dr. Afschin Fatemi, medical director of The S-thetic Group, a network of aesthetic clinics across Germany. “With its non-thermal, cellular mechanism, the CellFX System provides a new, consistent solution to remove a variety of bumps and growths on the face and body that have been historically difficult to treat. I am excited to offer this innovative procedure in our clinics and look forward to the enhanced results and improved patient satisfaction we can expect to achieve.”

The prevalence of SH, SK and common, non-genital warts among patients visiting aesthetic dermatologists today is widespread. Based on a 2020 survey among aesthetic physicians from Germany, Spain and France, an average of 200 patients per month who visit aesthetic dermatology practices present with each lesion type (SH, SK, non-genital warts). Further, patients place greater value on a procedure to treat skin lesions over other popular aesthetic procedures they currently receive and are willing to pay cash to treat multiple lesions in a single visit.1

“We are at the inception of a distinctive new era as we embark on the commercial use of the CellFX System for specific lesion types throughout the European Union. In partnership with leading aesthetic skin specialists across Europe, our ambition is to create a blueprint of best practices that ensures success for the next wave of early adopters,” said Ed Ebbers, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Dermatology, of Pulse Biosciences. “We are honored to work with Dr. Fatemi and we look forward to a promising future in the European market.”

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